Exhibit to Visit: Tahoe – A Visual History

Exhibit to Visit: Tahoe – A Visual History

Experience one of America’s most beloved landscapes like never before – through the eyes of 175 painters, photographers, architects, weavers and sculptors. Immerse yourself in panoramic landscapes, sail on turquoise waters, soar to breathtaking mountain views. See Lake Tahoe come alive, artfully, August 22-January 10.

The Nevada Museum of Art has organized the first major art historical survey exhibition of painting, Native baskets, photography, architecture, and contemporary art dedicated to Lake Tahoe, Donner Pass, and the surrounding Sierra Nevada region. TAHOE: A Visual History spans over two centuries of cultural and creative production related to the second largest freshwater alpine lake in the United States. This historic show features more than 400 artworks.


Features the largest collection of Washoe baskets ever assembled, including examples from Scees Bryant, Lena Dick, Louisa Keyser (Datsolalee), and Sarah Mayo.


The first American explorers to the West mapped the region and documented their impressions of Lake Tahoe in journals and sketches. Features maps and journals of John C. Frémont, John Muir, and Charles Preuss.


By the late 19th century, word of Tahoe’s beauty had spread and artists flocked to romanticize it. This section features more than 60 artists, including Albert Bierstadt, Edwin Deakin, Maynard Dixon, Thomas Hill, John Ross Key, and Lorenzo Latimer.


From the earliest days of photography, Tahoe has beckoned photographers to its scenic vistas. Features both early and contemporary works from several artists including Ansel Adams, Anne Brigman, Elizabeth Carmel, Alfred Hart, Peter Goin, Eadweard Muybridge, Carleton Watkins, and Charles Leander Weed.


A thorough survey of historic log structures to sustainable contemporary buildings. Celebrates the diversity of Tahoe architecture through the work of Bernard Maybeck, Frederic de Longchamps, John Maniscalo, Julia Morgan, and Frank Lloyd Wright, among others.


The Nevada Museum of Art brings together works by contemporary artists, all of whom are inspired by the Tahoe region and concerned for its future. Artists include Chester Arnold, Russell Crotty, Matthew Day Jackson, Maya Lin, Richard Long, Lordy Rodriguez, Phyllis Shafer, Nick Van Woert, and others.

This exhibition is organized by the Nevada Museum of Art and curated by Ann M. Wolfe. It is exclusive to this venue.


TAHOE: A Visual History will be the first comprehensive exhibition to survey artworks related to Lake Tahoe, Donner Pass, and the surrounding Sierra region. A 488-page book will be co-published by Skira Rizzoli and the Nevada Museum of Art, and internationally distributed by Random House. It will be available for purchase at the Museum Store and select area bookstores, as well as internationally on Amazon.com. Pre-orders can be placed by calling the Museum Store at 775.398.7206.

San Francisco designer Kit Hinrichs, co-founder of Pentagram, will design the 488-page hard-cover book. Nevada Museum of Art Senior Curator/Deputy Director Ann M. Wolfe will author the publication, along with noteworthy scholars:
Dr. Kevin Starr, California Historian | Catherine Fowler, Great Basin Anthropologist | Marvin Cohodas, art historian | JoAnn Nevers, Washoe elder | Alfred Harrison, California Art Historian |William L. Fox, Director, Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art | Colin M. Robertson, Nevada Museum of Art Charles N. Mathewson Curator of Education.

The book serves as the definitive survey of art about the Lake Tahoe region. Several of the artworks included in this publication have never before been published in any major book or catalogue.


It’s impossible to separate Lake Tahoe from Wayne Prim. A beloved and longtime resident, Wayne, along with his wife Miriam, has contributed keen insights, wisdom, fiscal expertise, and extraordinary generosity to numerous educational, cultural, and social services organizations, truly helping to make Lake Tahoe a vibrant and dynamic community

It takes something BIG to close down The Nevada Museum of Art for a few weeks, we’re talking LAKE TAHOE BIG. There has been a lot of prep work to make this exhibit spectacular, and it will not disappoint. The Nevada Museum of Art is reopening this weekend, with the museum-wide exhibition Tahoe: A Visual History.


Thomas Hill, Sugar Loaf Peak, El Dorado County, 1865, Oil on canvas, 40 x 54 inches, Collection of Crocker Art Museum, E. B. Crocker Collection

Louisa Keyser, Seed gathering basket, circa 1910–14, 19 x 19 inches (diam.), Collection of Bronnie and Alan Blaugrund

Albert Bierstadt, View of Donner Lake, California (Detail), Oil on paper mounted on canvas, 1871–72, 29 ¼ x 21⅞ inches, Collection of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Anna Bennett and Jessie Jonas in memory of August F. Jonas Jr, © Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Maya Lin, Pin River— Tahoe Watershed, 2014, Straight pins, 21 x 114 x 1 inches, Collection of Nevada Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds provided by Marion Grudin in memory of Shim Grudin, Photograph by Kerry Ryan McFate, © Maya Lin Studio, Image courtesy of Pace Gallery

Robert Dawson, Private Property, Lake Tahoe, CA, 1988, Gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches, Collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, The Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection, © Robert Dawson

Frank Lloyd Wright, Lodge Type Cabin, Lake Tahoe Summer Colony, California: Perspective and Plan, 1923, Graphite and colored pencil on Japanese paper, 21 x 13 ¾ inches, Collection Centre Canadien d ’Architecture/Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, Gift of George Jacobsen and of the CCA Founders Circle in his memory, 1994, © 2014 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona/Artists Rights Society (ARS)), NY

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